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If you wish to stay and work in Germany for longer than 3 months you must apply for a residency permit (AUFENTHALTSERLAUBNIS) to the AUSLÄNDERBEHÖRDE.
The only document you need to apply for a residency permit is your national identity card. Citizens of a member state of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) do not require a work permit to work in Germany.
In order to get free access to health services in Germany, you need an E111 form, which you can get from your local public health office at home before you leave. Then, you must present the E111 form to the public health office (ANGESTELLEN-ORTSKRANKENKASSE) upon arrival in Germany. You will be given a form, the KRANKENSCHEIN, which you will need to access medical services in Germany. In some cases, doctors will ask you to pay in advance for their services. This sum will later be reimbursed by the AOK or ASL. In the majority of cases, health insurance offered depends on the work contract and therefore employers must arrange access to medical and health services for their workers.
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The KURS presents the database that contains all the job offers (AUSBILDUNG) and training offers (WEITERBILDUNG) registered with the employment service.
The STELLENINFORMATIONS SERVICE (SIS) holds all the offers registered with the employment service which are currently available in Germany. Furthermore, there is the possibility to contact the employer immediately if you are interested in the job they are offering.
Apart from these services there is also the JOBVERMITTLUNG, which is connected to the ARBEITSAMT but you will not always find the two services in the same building. Many JOBVERMITTLUNG offices are located in universities because it is a service that deals especially with temporary holiday work (March/April and June October) therefore it deals mostly with students.
The private recruitment agencies such as ZEITARBEITSFIRMEN and PERSONALDIENSTLEISTUNG put employers and job seekers in direct contact. At their offices you can send your curriculum and a covering letter, which should specify the field of work you are specialised in, directly to employers. A good knowledge of the German language is fundamental. The addresses for these agencies can be found in the Yellow Pages (GELBE SEITEN) under ARBEITSVERMITTLUNG or ZEITARBEIT.
Newspapers are also useful when looking for a job in Germany, you can consult MARKT & CHANCE or the BLÄTTER ZUR BERUFSKUNDE, which are published by the employment service (to be found in all job centres) or other newspapers such as the FAZ-FRANKFURTER, ALLGEMEINE ZEIITUNG, SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG or DIE ZEIT. The job vacancy advertisements are published on Saturdays but also on Wednesdays in local newspapers.
> USEFUL LINKS
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TEAM NETWORK
STEFAN MEIER STR. 31A - PF 1135
D 79011 FREIBURG
Tel: +49 (0) 76131969/63 - Fax: +49 (0) 761151243756
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EXPRESS ONLINE: www.express.de
MUNICH TIMES: www.mtimes.com
JUNGE WELT: www.jungewelt.ipn.de
SAARBRUECKER ZEITUNG: www.sz-newsline.de
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ZENTRALSTELLE FÜR ARBEITSVERMITTLUNG (ZAV)
Central Employment Office
FEUERBACH STRAßE 42 46
D 60325 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Tel: +49 (0) 6971110
Fax: +49 (0) 697111555
GERMAN EMBASSY (Italy)
Via Po 26c - 00198 ROMA
Tel: +39 06884742
Fax: +39 068547956